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Australia Hawthorn

2013  One Dollar reverse 2013  One Dollar obverse

2013 One Dollar

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The Royal Australian Mint released this piece to celebrate the 2013 AFL (Australian Football League) premierships. This piece celebrates the victory of the Hawthorn Football Club with the reverse featuring the premiership cup along with the legend "2013 AFL PREMIERS HAWTHORN FOOTBALL CLUB". The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013 ONE DOLLAR".

Australian rules football can be traced back to 1857 when it was proposed by Tom Willis that cricketers could play football as way to remain fit during the off-season. The Melbourne Football Club was then formed in 1958 with the first match occurring between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School. The game grew rapidly and the Victorian Football League was established in 1896 with the foundation clubs being - Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne, St Kilda, and South Melbourne. Richmond, Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne would join by 1925 and these twelve Victorian teams made up the bulk of AFL history in Australia. In 1987 teams from outside of Victoria began to be included with the creation of the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Bears. Today the competition is a popular sport nationally with 18 teams.

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